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Thomas Loudon Leadbeater

August 16, 1915 - December 13, 2014


In loving memory of our dear father, grandfather and great grandfather who passed away December 13th, 2014 at the Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson, BC. Born August 16, 1915 in South Shields, England, he was the second oldest child in a family of 5 children. He was a choirboy, an avid reader and was very active in the scouting movement. He came to Canada at 18 years of age to fulfil his dream of becoming an Anglican minister. He attended and later taught at St. Chad’s College in Regina, SK where he met and married our mother, Betsy Reierson in 1944. They later moved to Pittsburg Pennsylvania where he completed his Master’s of Education in Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburg and was also an assistant at the Church of Ascension. In 1945 they returned to Canada and went to the Cathedral in Victoria, BC. He was called to St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral in Nelson BC in 1948 and was also in charge of St. Andrew’s Church along the North Shore of Kootenay Lake. Those were the days before there was a bridge across the lake and it was often a struggle to catch the ferry and be on time for the various Sunday services. In November 1956, dad was called to go to St. Barnabas Church in Calgary, AB. This was a hard decision as Nelson was a beloved spot for our family as both Betsy Anne and Graeme were born here. Through the years we continued to travel back to Nelson almost every summer. After much deliberation again, dad agreed to accept a calling to Holy Trinity Church in Edmonton in February 1959. Dad became involved with many community activities, the building of a much needed senior’s home – Trinity Hall, Council of Churches, Chaplaincy of Legion groups and the Veteran’s home, involvement with the University of Alberta including six years on the Senate, and National Church Synod committees. A great love of his was teaching and he was involved with the establishment of Tempo School in the church basement. He was always an advocate for the less fortunate in our community and worked tirelessly to be able to help with assistance of food and shelter when needed. He was a firm believer in the importance of preaching. He spent hours working on sermons and delivered them effortlessly. We often would greet him at the door after church and give him a critique. That was great dad or maybe not so long next time!!! He humoured us and even started placing his watch down on the pulpit to keep a better eye on the time!! He retired in 1981 but still kept commitments with the Veteran’s home. In 2005 they moved to Red Deer to be near Graeme. Dad’s celebrated his 70 years of ordination in the Pine Lake Anglican Church where he occasionally took services. On his return to Nelson the Primate made a presentation in honor of his 75 years of ordained ministry. A clergyman never truly retires. Dad continued to perform countless baptisms, weddings, funerals and cared for the spiritual well-being of family, friends and acquaintances for years. He never tired of friendly debate on any subject you could come up with. In June 2012 they took up residency at Mountain Lakes Senior’s Community in Nelson, BC – a place that was like coming home. Tom is survived by his three children: David, Graeme (Shannon) and Betsy Anne (Lee) DeClercq, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. His funeral service will be held at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church Nelson, BC at 11:00 am on Saturday December 20th, with burial to follow at the Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery. A reception will be held at 12:30 pm immediately following the service.
The family wishes to thank the very caring staff at Mountain Lake, especially those in Lombardy Cottage and of course Dr. Trevor Janz. In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent to St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral Anglican Church Together in Mission Fund, 701 Ward Street, Nelson, BC V1L 1T3
Dad’s spirit, faithfulness and intellect has touched us all. He will always be remembered, cherished and missed.


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From: judy davidson
Relation: friends of Graeme

Dear Grame and family,
We would like to express our sympathy on the loss of your father.
We were just driving past Pine Lake yesterday on the way back from moving our daughter to Calgary. I was asking about you and Lou said you had moved back to British Columbia. What a blessing that you have had time with your father. I remember Graeme that you always spoke so highly of your Dad.
My own father passed away two years ago at 97! What a guy and he is swimming in the Kootenay Lake with a great send off and two Canadian geese flying over.
So Graeme and family, treasure the memories and we will be thinking of you on Saturday.
Kind Regards,
Lou and Judy Davidson
Graeme, would like to stay in touch, building one last time, Sylvan Lake area. Heading to Palm Springs 3 months. Our number is 403 885 2824

From: Dr. Ralph Clarke
Relation: Holy Trinity Church, Edmonton

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Reverend Tom Leadbeater, a guide to my family while I was growing up in Edmonton, a teacher to my priest, The Venerable James Alan Jackson and a friend to all who knew him. I visited with him in Red Deer, and at Mountain Lakes, and will pay my respects to his family on Saturday in Nelson. Rest in peace.

From: Janna Lee Pugh (nee Hoople)
Relation: Wonderful minister

Your father was a fantastic minister. I was a member of the choir and have a picture of me with Betsy Anne, David and Graeme. Your Dad confirmed me and performed the ceremony when my father Owen passed away in 1980.
I am sorry for your loss.

From: Barb Skeels
Relation: House Cleaner

I cleaned house for your Mom and Dad in Edmonton for a time in the late ’90’s. They were both the most delightful people. I enjoyed my discussions with your Dad!! I have thought of them often since then and wondered how they were doing. I am so pleased to hear that your Dad lived to such a grand age!! My condolences to the entire family. Your Mom and Dad spoke of you all so fondly.

From: Dick and Lee Helwig
Relation: Neighbor, and from St. Tim's

Please accept our sincerest and heartfelt condolences in the loss of this beautiful human being. We had the privilege of knowing Tom and Betsy for years and neighbours, and as members of St. Timothy’s church in Edmonton. Tom and Betsy will always remain in our hearts.

From: Michael Thain
Relation: Long family association

Dear Graeme, David and Betsy Anne, I had mixed feelings when i saw your dad’s obituary. Sadness that you have lost your father but joyfulness that he he is receiving his well deserved reward. I remember him as a friend of my father, a fellow priest in Edmonton, but perhaps even more so, in his connection with Nelson. As I got to know him and your mom in Red Deer, several times he talked of my dad’s sisters in Nelson. He remembered fondly my aunt Margaret, as she helped him set up his first bank accounts in Nelson. We sill be thinking of him today and remembering your family in our prayers. Another connection with my past is lost. Michael Thain

From: Rod Barnes
Relation: through Holy Tribnity

Dr. Leadbeater was a tremendous support to my mother Gertrude and father Bill Barnes while at Holy Trinity. My dad had not many social contacts for many years as he had demanding work and when at home was pretty much a full-time caregiver for my mum, who had multiple sclerosis. Tom provided steadfast pastoral support and valued, warm friendship to my dad. I am trying to be brief, but that last sentence describes a long relationship that was so important to my father.
As well, after his first wife Gertrude died, Bill Barnes met Elsie Steed at Holy Trinity, and after a time they approached Dr. Leadbeater to ask his advice on whether they should marry. He urged them to move quickly, as they were not getting any younger! He presided at their wedding and they lived many happy years on Pender Island in B.C.
With gratitude, and best wishes to the family — Rod Barnes

From: Hartwell, Joe and Margaret
Relation: Thomas Leadbeater was our priest at Holy Trinity Angilcan Church in Edmonton

Dear David, Graeme, and Betsy Anne,
Your father was a warm and loving pastor to me. He couselled me well on one or two occasions. Thomas responded to God’s call with a full heart to serve. Joe and I were privileged to know this beloved child of God. May you rejoice in the privilege of being his children, and may you rejoice in the assurance of knowing tht Thomas is now safe in the arms of his God.. We do not expect a reply. Take the time to rest instead.
With love from Joe and Margaret Hartwell

From: Margaret (Taylor) Schmidt
Relation: Holy Trinity cchurch

I have so very many fond memories of Dr. Leadbeater and Holy Trinity. He was always so upbeat – whether teaching us our confirmation class or giving a sermon. Dad (Ken Taylor) sang in his choir and Dr. Leadbeater married Al & me. He was the ideal minister. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of his lovely family.
Marg (Taylor) Schmidt

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Date & Time:
December 20, 2014
Beginning at 11:00am

St. Saviour''s Pro-Cathedral
701 Ward St
Nelson, BC Canada

701 Ward St
Nelson, BC Canada

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